Category Archives: A Music Piece a Week

Music 299-313: A Tenth Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches

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Here is the Tenth Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches – both audio and printable – for the pianoforte. There are to be eleven suites in total. In this Suite, sketches 2, 3 & 4 form a Sonata that was posted on this blog earlier this year. As for all suites, Numbers 1 and 15 are the same – except for their titles.

Click on a title in the first list to listen, and click on a title in the second list to download the written music.

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Click on a title to listen
1. Teardrops
2. First Movement Sonata 1
3. Second Movement Sonata 1
4. Third Movement Sonata 1
5. Washing in the wind
6. Mice in the cupboard
7. Oblivious to all else
8. Dancing on stilts
9. Ghost house
10. Night sky
11. The happy wanderer gets caught in a cloudburst
12. Hurry-scurry
13. Twirling in the wind
14. Cavort in six eight
15. Grief

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1. Teardrops
2. First Movement Sonata 1
3. Second Movement Sonata 1
4. Third Movement Sonata 1
5. Washing in the wind
6. Mice in the cupboard
7. Oblivious to all else
8. Dancing on stilts
9. Ghost house
10. Night sky
11. The happy wanderer gets caught in a cloudburst
12. Hurry-scurry
13. Twirling in the wind
14. Cavort in six eight
15. Grief

Music 284-298: A Ninth Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches

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Here is the Ninth Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches – both audio and printable – for the pianoforte. There will be eleven suites altogether.

Click on a title in the first list to listen, and click on a title in the second list to download the written music.

Thanks

Click on a title to listen
1. Weeding the garden
2. Carrots
3. Asparagus
4. Artichokes
5. Peas
6. Potatoes
7. Onions
8. Radishes
9. Lettuces
10. Cucumbers
11. Cauliflowers
12. Beans
13. Turnips
14. Leeks
15. A break from weeding

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1. Weeding the garden
2. Carrots
3. Asparagus
4. Artichokes
5. Peas
6. Potatoes
7. Onions
8. Radishes
9. Lettuces
10. Cucumbers
11. Cauliflowers
12. Beans
13. Turnips
14. Leeks
15. A break from weeding

Music 269-283: An Eighth Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches

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Here is the Eighth Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches – both audio and printable – for the pianoforte. There are 11 little suites in total.

I called these “sketches” because that is what I intended them to be. About two years ago or so I was taking a music class of 14 year olds (male and female). They were being introduced to all sorts of music. I played them “The Moldau” by Smetena because it tells a story of a river: a spring, rapids, a hunting party, a wedding, deep still water, the ocean, etc. They looked at me puzzled. How does it sound like river rapids? Why would that be a wedding party? and so on. They had little inkling of music on its own. Music was to be accompanied by a film/video/dancing… I thought that these 154 sketches might help teachers to paint pictures without pictures!

Also some piano teachers might find some of the sketches handy to help develop different pianistic techniques in their pupils… And on that note – I must admit, even though it might not sound like it, that one of today’s sketches A little two step with Scott (Joplin) I found the hardest to play out of all the 154 pieces!!

Click on a title in the first list to listen, and click on a title in the second list to download the written music.

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Click on a title to listen
1. Sibling squabbles
2. Late afternoon
3. Frolicking Scarlatti
4. Horse riding
5. A little two step with Scott
6. The magician
7. Joviality
8. Military Parade
9. Waves on rocks
10. Picking flowers
11. Skiing
12. Skimming stones
13. Grandpa’s old clock
14. View from the hill
15. Still squabbling

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1. Sibling squabbles
2. Late afternoon
3. Frolicking Scarlatti
4. Horse riding
5. A little two step with Scott
6. The magician
7. Joviality
8. Military Parade
9. Waves on rocks
10. Picking flowers
11. Skiing
12. Skimming stones
13. Grandpa’s old clock
14. View from the hill
15. Still squabbling

Music 254-268: A Seventh Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches

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Here is the Seventh Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches – both audio and printable – for the pianoforte. (There will be 11 Little Suites altogether. Note, as in all 11 suites, that Sketches 1 and 15 are almost the same).

Click on a title in the first list to listen, and click on a title in the second list to download the written music.

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1. Hopscotch
2. Snakes and ladders
3. Humpty-Dumpty
4. Just being silly
5. Hide and seek
6. Tippy toe
7. Babbling brook
8. Bobbling boats
9. Blowing bubbles
10. Playground taunts
11. Playing ball
12. Marbles
13. School’s out!
14. The bully
15. For the kids who never got to play

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1. Hopscotch
2. Snakes and ladders
3. Humpty-Dumpty
4. Just being silly
5. Hide and seek
6. Tippy toe
7. Babbling brook
8. Bobbling boats
9. Blowing bubbles
10. Playground taunts
11. Playing ball
12. Marbles
13. School’s out!
14. The bully
15. For the kids who never got to play

Music 239-253: A Sixth Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches

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Here is the Sixth Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches – both audio and printable – for the pianoforte.

Click on a title in the first list to listen, and click on a title in the second list to download the written music. As for all the eleven Little Suites (which I’ve finished) the first and last sketches are identical.

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Click on a title to listen
1. Dull rainy day
2. Cartwheels
3. The old car
4. Skipping along
5. Park slide
6. Journeyman cooper
7. Spinning jenny
8. Bird on a branch
9. Bedtime story
10. Getting the kids ready for school
11. Harvest festival
12. It looks like rain
13. The iron gate
14. The fop
15. Clear skies

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1. Dull rainy day
2. Cartwheels
3. The old car
4. Skipping along
5. Park slide
6. Journeyman cooper
7. Spinning jenny
8. Bird on a branch
9. Bedtime story
10. Getting the kids ready for school
11. Harvest festival
12. It looks like rain
13. The iron gate
14. The fop
15. Clear skies

Music 224-238: A fifth little suite in fifteen sketches

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Here is the Fifth Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches – both audio and printable – for the pianoforte.

Click on a title in the first list to listen, and click on a title in the second list to download the written music.

Thanks

Click on a title to listen
1. Welcome to the fete!
2. Stilts wade in the estuary
3. Coloured ribbons
4. Gone fishing!
5. Bullfight parade
6. The villagers dance
7. Teddy bear lost
8. Teddy bear found!
9. Rain on the window
10. Dad embarrasses his kids by taking over the dance floor
11. Faverolles (French chickens)
12. Cat and mouse
13. Last dance before leaving for war
14. The inebriated gentleman attempts to thread a needle
15. After the parade

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1. Welcome to the fete!
2. Stilts wade in the estuary
3. Coloured ribbons
4. Gone fishing
5. Bullfight parade
6. The villagers dance
7. Teddy bear lost
8. Teddy bear found!
9. Rain on the window
10. Dad embarrasses his kids by taking over the dance floor
11. Faverolles (French chickens)
12. Cat and mouse
13. Last dance before leaving for war
14. The inebriated gentleman attempts to thread a needle
15. After the parade

Music 223: Piano Sonata 2

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I have such a backlog of piano compositions to share with anyone who might want to listen, that I hope I’m not testing your patience. However, I want to get the music “out there”. I’ve already passed the age at which all 4 grandparents shuffled off, and am almost at my father’s age… So I want to make sure all the piano music was available so that it could disappear into obscurity on its own merits!

This Second Piano Sonata is a bit darker than the first and is a bit longer. It doesn’t tell a story as such, nor is it autobiographical. For those of you who want to listen but need some sort of image to help with this type of music, it maybe helpful to think of an abusive or disintegrating relationship, which by the 3rd movement starts to crawl out of the tunnel. With this in mind it doesn’t make for an overly pleasant listening experience, but it is a sonata and not music to be played in the supermarket to enhance the shopping experience!

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Click on a link to listen
1st movement – audio
2nd movement – audio
3rd movement – audio

Click on a link to download the written music
1st movement – sheet music
2nd movement – sheet music
3rd movement – sheet music